Sunday, 13 March 2016

Bits and pieces - including from Ramsey Sound (8th); Stackpole/Pembroke (11th) and Carew River (12th)

We spent several hours up at Ramsey Sound last Tues (8th) and whilst the variety and number of birds in the Sound wasn't especially great, it was nice to see the (winter resident?) 1st winter little gull feeding with BH Gulls and kittiwakes. At least 7 Med Gulls - mostly adults but also a couple of 1st winter and 2nd winter birds - were also around in the afternoon. Like the little gull, these birds have probably been around this area all winter. Kestrels (male and female) were also back in residence near Point St John.

A male firecrest was in song briefly at Stackpole on 11th. At Pembroke Millpond at least 4 chiffchaffs were also singing in separate locations between Barnard's Tower and the Castle - all probably winter residents.

At Carew River on 12th a great-crested grebe was still present near Black Mixen - possibly the same bird was noted here a month ago. There were not too many waders and wildfowl noted but c. 6 greenshanks were moving around near New Shipping including one colour-ringed individual (yellow/green - right leg). It only settled very briefly and so its left leg ring(s) were not seen well unfortunately.